Lafayette police arrest 20-year-old after teen shot to death


Alexander Garcia-Johnson

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UPDATE: On Sunday evening, police apprehended Garcia-Johnson. He has been booked into the Tippecanoe County Jail on a charge of serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Authorities in Lafayette are searching for a 20-year-old after an 18-year-old teen was shot to death early Sunday morning.

Police say Alexander Garcia-Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and white tennis shoes. Garcia is 5’11” and weighs around 125 lbs.

He’s wanted for the murder of 18-year-old Jontae Billups-Brooks.

Just after 4:30 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3100 block of Rubble Way on the report of several shots fired. Upon arrivial, police located two brothers, Keyonte Billups-Brooks and Jontae, were suffering from gunshot wounds.

Jontae later died as a result of his injuries. Keyonte was treated and later released from the hospital.

Police do not believe this was a random act of violence.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Garcia-Johnson is encouraged to call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200.

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